Erie sports brings in big business downtown

ERIE, Pa. -- This time of year business picks up in downtown Erie thanks to coinciding sports schedules. But this year has been a little different -- in a good way.

According to Erie Events, in the first two months of this year alone, thousands of people packed the Erie Insurance Arena, the Warner Theatre and the Bayfront Convention Center during a normally quiet time of the year.

And the trend continues, especially when you have several sports and events happening at the same time.

The Erie Otters have clinched the top spot in the Western Conference and celebrate their fourth straight 50-win season.

The Erie BayHawks are still hitting the court and Erie SeaWolves opening night is coming up April 6.

All these events are bringing thousands of people to downtown Erie each weekend. That means a lot of cash infused into the city, and restaurant owners recognize the importance of these events to their bottom line.

"When you have that many people down here at the arena, that equates into dollars for a lot of businesses whether that is a downtown restaurant or in Millcreek or Harborcreek,” Elizabeth D'Aurora, Erie Events communications coordinator, said.

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